Honeysuckle blows rivals away to win Hatton’s Grace

Honeysuckle blows rivals away to win Hatton’s Grace

Updated / Sunday, 1 Dec 2019 19:29

Honeysuckle, with Rachael Blackmore up, jumps the last before winning the Hatton's Grace Hurdle
Honeysuckle, with Rachael Blackmore up, jumps the last before winning the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle

Honeysuckle destroyed a high-class field in the Baroneracing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse to remain unbeaten in the process.

Despite the ratings suggesting she had a mountain to climb against the likes of Apple’s Jade, Bacardys and Penhill, she was still sent off the 9-10 favourite.

Honeysuckle destroys a high-class field in the https://t.co/scMYVJnOhf Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at #Fairyhouse to remain unbeaten #RTEracing pic.twitter.com/wfN9Lv1jbC

— RTÉ Racing (@RTEracing) December 1, 2019

When Apple’s Jade took up the running from Killultagh Vic before the third last, her supporters were dreaming of a fourth win in the race – but Jack Kennedy was soon sending out distress signals.

Plenty could be gauged from Rachael Blackmore’s body language on Honeysuckle, because she was happy to take up the running while still on the bridle.

As Apple’s Jade dropped away, Bacardys was the only serious rival – but when Blackmore pressed the button, Henry de Bromhead’s five-year-old put the race to bed.

The winner of her only point-to-point, she is now six out of six over timber, and the world looks her oyster.

Honeysuckle is now 6-4 favourite for the Mares’ Hurdle at Cheltenham – and is 8s from 33s for the Champion Hurdle. 

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